I started Pinewood Counseling after a brief stint in academia. It was during that brief period that I began to recognize how much I value community-based, person-to-person connection. It is my hope that I can transfer that value to this work, in order to help folks live more meaningful, connected, conscientious lives.
I graduated from Western Carolina University in 2015 with a degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I've worked for five years in college and university counseling centers, developing a passion for group work, intrapersonal work, and creating relationships with many people. Prior to graduating in 2015 (and post undergrad), I worked for a conservation corps building and maintaining nature trails in the American Southwest. My relationship with nature is foundational to who I am and how I see the world, and if you are interested in developing your connection with nature, we can do that together.
Finally, though perhaps most importantly, I am an out queer and trans person whose own experiences of both privilege and marginalization greatly inform my practice. It is through these experiences that I have found the value in deep connection, self- and other-awareness, humility, and the importance of relationships. If these are things you are in search of, please reach out.
In my spare time, you can find me playing outside, trying out new restaurants, climbing at the local climbing gym, and spending time with my partner and dog.
Education and credentials
2015 MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
2011 BA in Environmental Studies
North Carolina Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor #11854
Ecotherapy Certificate, Earthbody Institute Level 1